Clare must take massive confidence and self-belief into All-Ireland series - O'Connor

June 09, 2022

Clare's Peter Duggan and Sean Finn of Limerick ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Former Clare star Jamesie O’Connor says “there is immense pride” in the Banner County’s hurling stars after watching them push Limerick all the way in last Sunday’s Munster final.

Brian Lohan’s men fell to the All-Ireland champions by a single goal after extra time in Thurles and, writing in his column for Sky Sports GAA, O’Connor feels the group need to carry the same self-belief into the upcoming All-Ireland series, starting with either Wexford or Kerry in the last eight on Saturday week.

“They have to take massive confidence and self-belief into the All-Ireland series. They came closer to Limerick than any team over the past three years,” he wrote.

“And were unlucky not to win it.

“You'd wonder how those players got themselves out of bed on Monday morning, given what they put their bodies through in Thurles.

“But the Banner must ground themselves quickly and focus on the upcoming All-Ireland quarter-final, which will likely be against Wexford.

“The Model County will have a right cut at Clare, and are coming into June with a pep in their step after stunning Kilkenny in Nowlan Park.”

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